Covid-19 update: South Africa reports 3,801 new cases

National Institute of Infectious DiseasesNICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, has reported 3,801 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3,944,845. This increase represents a positive outcome rate of 14.9%.

Today, the majority of new cases are in Gauteng (34%), followed by the Western Cape (24%). KwaZulu-Natal accounted for 15%; the EU accounted for 10%; The Free State accounted for 6%; Northern Cape was 4%; Mpumalanga and North West accounted for 3% each, respectively; and Limpopo accounts for 1% of today’s cases.

The country also recorded 49 deaths, 16 of which occurred in the last 24-48 hours. This brings the total death toll to date to 101,092.

“Due to ongoing audits by the National Department of Health (NDoH), there may be a buildup of reported Covid-19 deaths,” the NICD said.

25,164,138 tests were conducted in both the public and private sectors.

Over the past 24 hours, the number of hospitalizations has increased by 112.

WHO countries strive to better protect against next pandemic

Countries meeting this week at the World Health Organization are considering how to prepare for future pandemics amid warnings that the planet is wide open for the next crisis.

WHO director of emergencies Michael Ryan said on Wednesday that infectious diseases are on the rise due to weak public health services and poorly managed urban conditions.

Referring to outbreaks of monkeypox in non-endemic areas, he told countries that the spread of the virus “is directly related to our inability or unwillingness to manage these risks earlier in the epidemic cycle.”

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The Covid-19 crisis has exposed serious weaknesses in the global health system, and countries agreed last year that numerous changes are needed to better prepare the world for future threats.

At this week’s annual World Health Assembly of 194 Member States – the WHO’s decision-making body – countries want to make progress on closing the gaps in vigilance and preparedness that have fueled the spread of Covid-19 around the world, killing millions and devastating economy.

Ryan also warned about surveillance holes.

Testing for Covid-19 has dropped dramatically in many countries in recent months, meaning the virus can spread and mutate unnoticed.

“We need data. We are becoming blind to the future of this pandemic, and we are becoming blind to the emergence of others,” Ryan said.

Additional AFP reporting